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2018 Disability Legislation​

This listing does not indicate support or non support of legislation by the department or administration.  This is a partial listing of bills and is not exhaustive of all possible disability related legislation proposed during session.   Click here for a full listing of legislative bills​.


Health

HB33 - Guardianship of Disabled Persons - Voluntary Admission to Mental Facility

  • For the purpose of authorizing a certain disabled person to apply for voluntary admission to a certain facility under certain circumstances;

SB0163 Public Health Community Health Workers Advisory Committee and Certification

  • Establishing the State Community Health Worker Advisory Committee; requiring the Advisory Committee to advise the Maryland Department of Health on certain matters relating to the certification and training of community health workers;

SB0211 Behavioral Health Programs - Medical Directors – Telehealth

  • Requiring that regulations adopted under certain provisions of law regulating behavioral health programs include provisions authorizing a medical director of a behavioral health program;

SB0169  Public Health - Prescription Drug and Medical Supply Access and Affordability Workgroup

  • Requiring the Secretary of Health to convene a workgroup to study the advisability of the State forming a generic drugs and medical supplies purchasing cooperative and establishing Maryland as an open formulary State;

HB0479/SB1066  Lead Testing and Behavioral Assessment

  • Requiring, instead of authorizing, the juvenile Court to order a child to undergo blood lead level testing

HB0490/SB0163 Public Health Community Health Workers - Advisory Committee and Certification

  • Establishing the State Community Health Worker Advisory Committee


HB0944 First Responders - Mandatory Autism Training

  • Requiring each first responder in the State to complete autism awareness training approved by the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission;


SB1013 First Responders - Mandatory Autism Training

  • Requiring the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission to develop an autism awareness training program for certain first responders; and requiring certain first responders to complete a certain autism awareness training program;

SB0937/HB1064 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Home and Community Based Waiver Services - Prohibition on Denial

  • Prohibiting the Maryland Department of Health from denying an individual access to home and Community-based services waiver due to a lack of funding for waiver services if the individual is discharged from a certain health care facility directly to the individual's home and is eligible for certain funding within 45 days after the discharge;

SB0939 Community-Based Services Waivers and State Disabilities Plan - Alterations

  • Requiring that a certain home- and community-based services waiver include a requirement that at least half the waiver participants live in community-based housing immediately before receiving waiver services;

SB0977 Behavioral Health Services and Voluntary Placement Agreements - Children and Young Adults - Reports

  • Requiring the Director of the Behavioral Health Administration to prepare a certain annual report on behavioral health services for children and young adults in the State;

SB1071 Task Force to Study Access to Home Health Care for Children and Adults with Medical Disabilities

  • Establishing the Task Force to Study Access to Home Health Care for Children and Adults with medical disabilities;

SB0259/HB0626 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Medication Adherence Technology Pilot Program
  • Establishing a certain pilot program to expand the use of medication adherence technology to increase prescription drug adherence of Maryland Medical Assistance Program recipients who are diagnosed as having a severe and persistent mental illness; requiring the Maryland Department of Health to administer the program;

SB288/HB0326  Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Supervised Drug Consumption Facility Program

  • Authorizing the establishment of an Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Supervised Drug Consumption Facility Program by a community-based organization to provide a place for the consumption of preobtained drugs, provide sterile needles, administer first aid as needed, and provide certain other services;

HB0772/SB0765  Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Clinical Services Provided by Certified Peer Recovery Specialists

  • Authorizing the Maryland Medical Assistance Program to provide, as of January 1, 2020, and subject to certain limitations, clinical services provided by certified peer recovery specialists to individuals with substance use disorders or mental health disorders

HB0782/SB0550 ABLE Program Death of a Designated Beneficiary

  • Authorizing money and assets in an ABLE account to be transferred, on the death of a designated beneficiary

SB1185 Maryland Medical Assistance Program Waiver for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Waiting List

  • Requiring the Maryland Department of Health and the State Department of Education jointly to develop a process to review each year the waiting list for children to receive services through the Home- and Community-Based Services Waiver for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

SB0977/HB1517 Behavioral Health Services and Voluntary Placement Agreements- Children and Young Adults

  • Requiring the Director of the Behavioral Health Administration to prepare a certain annual report on behavioral health services for children and young adults in the State

SB0886/HB1477 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Work and Community Engagement Requirements

  • Requiring the Maryland Department of Health, on or before October 1, 2018, to apply to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a waiver under a certain provision of federal law to implement a certain demonstration project


Housing

HB0580/SB0250   Landlord and Tenant Prohibited Lease Provisions - Late Fees for Tenants Receiving Government Benefits

  • Prohibiting a landlord from including a certain provision in a residential lease that provides for a penalty for the late payment of rent if the tenant receives a government benefit under certain circumstances

ADA/Accessibility

HB60 Vehicle Laws – Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Device – Definition

  • For the purpose of altering the definition of “electric personal assistive mobility device” to require that the device have a certain steering mechanism and a certain platform on which the rider stands...

HB0152/SB1048 Secure and Accessible Registration Act

  • Redesignating electronic voter registration agencies as automatic voter registration agencies;      

SB0939 Community-Based Services Waivers and State Disabilities Plan (Maryland Disabilities Act)

  • Requiring that a certain home and community-based services waiver include a requirement that at least half the waiver participants live in community-based housing immediately before receiving waiver services;

HB479 Juvenile Law - Lead Testing and Behavioral Health Assessment

  • Requiring, instead of authorizing, the juvenile court to order a child to undergo blood lead level testing if the child's parent or guardian consents; requiring, instead of authorizing, the juvenile court to direct the Department of Juvenile Services or another qualified agency to make a certain study concerning the child;

SB1071 Task Force to Study access to Home Health Care for Children and Adults with Medical Disabilities

  • Establishing the Task Force to Study Access to Home Health Care for Children and Adults with Medical Disabilities


Transportation 

SB14 Motor Vehicle Administration – Parking Placards – Color Photograph

  • Requiring that a parking placard issued to a person with a disability include on its face a certain color photograph of the person to whom the parking placard is issued

SB39 Motor Vehicle Administration – Disability Parking Placards, Judicial Chair

  • A disability parking placard issued by the Motor Vehicle Administration to a permanently disabled individual is valid until the death of the placard holder


Education

HB0185 Prince George's County Board of Education Students With a Disability in Prince George's County Public Schools, Prince George's County Delegation

  • Requiring the Prince George's County Board of Education to gather certain information about students with a disability in each public school in Prince George's County; requiring the county board to study certain matters regarding students with a disability in Prince George's County public schools;

HB0216 Student Hearing and Vision Screenings - Reporting Requirements,  Prince George's County Delegation

  • Requiring the Prince George's County Board of Education to report to the Maryland Department of Health the number of students who did not receive the recommended services after failing a hearing or vision screening and the reason why; 

HB479 - Juvenile Law - Lead Testing and Behavioral Health Assessment

  • Requiring, instead of authorizing, the juvenile court to order a child to undergo blood lead level testing if the child's parent or guardian consents;

HB366 - PARCC Testing - Children with Disabilities (Ben's Rule)

  • Authorizing a parent or guardian of a child with a disability who is nonverbal to refuse to allow the child to participate in a Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment or it's equivalent in a public school;

HB393Student Health and Fitness Act

  • Requiring a public school student in elementary school to be provided a daily program of physical activity 

SB1103/HB0966 Voluntary Ethical Special Education Advocate Certificate Program

  • Requiring the State Department of Education to establish the Voluntary Ethical Special Education Advocate Certificate Program on or before July 1, 2019

SB1060/HB1565 Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools - Discrimination Prohibition

  • Prohibiting a nonpublic elementary or secondary school that receives State funds from refusing enrollment of, expelling, withholding privileges from, or otherwise discriminating against any student or prospective student because of certain factors

HB0552/SB0840  Youth Sports Programs - Concussion Risk and Managements Training Requirements

  • Requiring the State Department of Education to educate, instead of provide awareness to, coaches, school personnel, students, and the parents or guardians of students on certain matters relating to concussions and head injuries

Community Living

HB286 - Selling or Providing Alcoholic Beverages to Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities and Others – Repeal of Prohibition

  • Repealing provisions of law that prohibit a license holder or an employee from knowingly selling or providing an alcoholic beverage to an individual with an intellectual disability


HB1618/SB0939 - Community-Based Services Waivers and State Disabilities plan - Alterations (Maryland Disabilities Act)

  • Requiring that a certain home- and community-based services waiver include a requirement that at least half the waiver participants live in community-based housing immediately before receiving waiver services


Emergency Preparedness

SB285/HB0634 Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 Across Maryland - Establishment

  • Establishing the Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 Across Maryland to study emerging communications technologies and develop a strategy for implementation of Next Generation 9-1-1 services across the State; providing for the composition, chair, and staffing of the Commission;


Employment

HB0664/SB0543 Labor and Employment - Payment of Minimum Wage Required

  • Specifying the State minimum wage rate that is in effect for certain time periods


Public Safety

HB0786/SB0539  Correctional Services - Restrictive Housing - Limitations

  • Authorizing money and assets in an ABLE account to be transferred, on the death of a designated beneficiary

SB1013 First Responders - Mandatory Autism Training

  • Requiring the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission to develop an autism awareness training program for certain first responders